- Title: The Story of Junk
- Author: Linda Yablonsky
- ISBN: 9780316968089
- Page: 330
- Format: Paperback
New York City March 1986 The world is made of junk junk bonds, junk food, junk powder At least, that s how it seems to a woman in a downtown walkup, where every day for five years she s been opening her door to people engaged in the culture of the moment Some of them are getting famous, some are changing their sex, while others are dying But all of them are buying heNew York City March 1986 The world is made of junk junk bonds, junk food, junk powder At least, that s how it seems to a woman in a downtown walkup, where every day for five years she s been opening her door to people engaged in the culture of the moment Some of them are getting famous, some are changing their sex, while others are dying But all of them are buying her heroin, and one of them is a rat one morning she opens the door to a drug enforcement agent Dick.
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This is an important book. As much for what is told as for how simple it is to dismiss it before even lifting the front cover from the waiting pages of print. After reading many books difficult for me I reached for something non-fiction, straight forward, happily bereft of metaphorical layers, dense passages, dazzling messages if I could stay with it and read on. I didn't think it possible but I felt, Read-Out or R.O. in medical terms. So, I reached down for Yablonski's, The Story Of Junk. The p [...]
This novel was absolutely terrifying. Her account ov carrying smack over foreign borders by shoving heroin-filled condoms up her ass was harrowing. I read this while on a pretty unglamorous smack streak, so what made it through the heroin haze, smack fog, dope filter, etc, was still enough to make quite an impression. Especially when a week later my then-roommate turned cyanotic blue from an overdose! After I stopped running in circles, squawkin' & throwing our stash under the couch, I calme [...]
I read this book many years ago, before i ever touched heroin myself. Of course, I lost this book somewhere along the way, maybe in the same place I lost so many other things. This story stuck with me over the years, as I remembered it crawling through my own addiction. I remembered it crawling out of my addiction. A number of years after I got clean and finally had a steady job, I ordered a copy of this book. It was just as good as I remembered it!
This story will take you on a ride. Obviously your taste for it is going to depend on your feelings on narcotics. For those who have been there this is a beyond real telling of the non-stop party life of 80's New York. It perfectly captures the seedy glamour, the escape, the FUN of getting fucked upd what happens when it gets light out, the party's over, you're not a rock star: you're a junky. The sickness, deterioration, crime and pain creep up before you even know it. I've been searching for m [...]
Very readable drug thriller. The writing is a bit clunky in places but the dialog is good and sometimes the writing catches on fire; there are moments of tenderness, though mostly, it's told in a very detached voice from a person who has a bleak and dreary view of life. More social history than novel, it gives good insight into the grip drugs had on the downtown NYC scene in the 1980s. A few characters I recognized: The great artist Jean-Michel Basquiat(Claude),writer/muse Cookie Mueller(Honey), [...]
Devoid of the stream-of-consciousness rambling that accompanies many stories in which drugs are at the forefront, Yablonsky's narrator gives us the straight dope (pun intended) about how a regular girl might come to use heroin, begin dealing, become a junkie, and get busted. The book is fascinating and realistic, which leads me to believe Yablonsky might either be very close to her story or be extremely skilled at research. The writing is very matter-of-fact, and our unnamed narrator could be an [...]
cookie mueller makes a cameo in this book. . .rad. usually junkie books annoy me but i think she did a good job. especially when she describes how everything she put in her body was brown. . ocolate milk and dope. kit is such a babe, i want to be her. sort of predictable ending. i've actually been wanting to re-read this but only the winnipeg "millenium" library has it. . ntreal hates this book, FYI.
This was ok. Its funny how junkies are so boring - whether in the 80s or nowAll they have is mobile phones now.The timeline explaining who was the rat etc didnt really sync with me
From most pop culture books that I've read, the 80s sounded like a really bad time to be in New York if you weren't on heroin and a really bad time to be in New York if you were. I have no idea if either was true, but Yablonsky's The Story of Junk makes for a thrilling read nonetheless. Set in downtown New York, everything feels hot and dirty, and heroin is the drug of choice for many. For two young women in love, it starts off as a party/social drug but soon develops into a habit, which then ta [...]
An excellent memoir.
Another junky memoir, but this one is up there with William Burroughs.
I never read novels unless I can relate to the characters. I am too self centered to care about learning what it is like to be a 18th century French peasant or modern day murderer.So the fact I read this book probably tells way too much about me.Ummmm. It's very well written. Talent and truth. Obviously this is a form of memoir. The 80s in New York. There sure was a lot of heroin around, wasn't there? And it seemed like no matter where you went everybody was a famous artist. It was all so street [...]
Die Protagonistin erzählt in Rückblenden ihr Leben in den 80ern in New York City. Wie sie dazu kam, Drogen zu nehmen und vor allem mit ihnen zu dealen; welche Freunde sie hatte und wer davon an Aids starb; und wie sie schließlich von der Polizei hochgenommen und gezwungen wurde ihre Lieferanten und Freunde zu verraten. Sicherlich ein sehr interessantes Buch für all jene, die zu Anfang der 80er halbwegs erwachsen waren und die ganze Zeit mitgemacht haben. Am besten natürlich für die, die in [...]
For the most part I hate drug books. I hate the authors’ attempts to render the experience of the high in words. I hate that they all follow the same predictable arc. I hate that, for the most part, they are written from a hyper-masculine perspective. But this is the single best drug book ever, as well as a quite hero of the Downtown literary scene. Actually, to say that this is the most amazing drug book ever is somewhat of an insult, as it is fully deserving of recognition as a great book ir [...]
Yablonsky's novel is a thinly veiled memoir about bad old Downtown NYC in the early 1980s when drugs were everywhere. The writing is fantastic but I would complain that the last chapter of the book does not have the same pacing as the rest of the book and feels a bit rushed and overly abbreviated. If not for the ending, I would have given the book five stars. Anyone with memories or second-hand knowledge of the art/music/literary scene of the time will recognize many of the characters either dir [...]
The descent into heroin addiction is not a pretty picture. Recreational use turns into addiction and dealing to feed the habit. Desperation is an almost constant companion, at least until the next fix. "The Story of Junk" was intense and harrowing but definitely worth reading. It was well written and felt much more real than most addiction fiction. Thank you to Open Road Integrated Media and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book.
Difficult to say that I "really liked" a book about drugs and addiction, but this is so well written and I learned a great deal about the subject. It's conversational in tone and reads like a memoir though it's billed as a "novel." Worthwhile if you'd like to understand that subculture better. It's a world most of us just aren't familiar with.
I have no experience using or buying smack. I had no trouble getting through the book but I have read better drug books, ie. Charles Bukowski (although his drug of choice is alcohol). Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" was far superior for creating a feeling of druggedness in my opinion. But like I said I have never lived the "life".
This is a ripping good read! For the uninitiated few, junk is heroine. It’s a nightmarish story with more than a few hair-raising sequences, but the narrator’s bone-dry humor and eye for the telling detail in the downtown demimonde of 1980s New York make the book hard to put down. I’m told by someone who was on the scene at the time that it’s a roman a clef—who CAN these people be?
This book is depressing and drawn out but somewhat intriguing if you're curious about drug addicts, their motivations, and psyche. Tells a story of an everyday girl who gets caught up in the world of drug addiction on all levels.
Excellent novel set in New York about a lesbian junky couple.
If you like books about heroin junkies, this ones the best
is is why drugs are bad
Read ages ago; long before Bookcrossing and existed! Love reading about mid-80s NYC. Ah, my hometown used to be so, so filthy!
Very truthful story of addiction and the life of an addict who deals "junk" to support her habit. So disturbing how strong the pull of substances that are life altering.
If you want an inside view on the how and why people deal drugs, read this book. It will give you an idea of what they go through and why it is so hard to kick it.
Could have used some Talking Heads stories.
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